Security & Fraud

Beware of the Blackmailing Scam

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Blackmail and extortion are some of the oldest tricks in the book—because they work. That’s why a fresh wave of these scams hit the internet last month, misleading victims. Here’s what you need to know about these scams.

How it works

The victim gets an email from a hacker claiming to have cracked their passwords, broken into their computer and used their webcam to watch online activity. They’ll threaten to reveal the victim has been visiting disreputable sites or to loot their accounts—unless the victim pays a steep price.  

Staying Safe Online

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With the average American spending 24 hours a week online, internet safety is more important than ever. A compromised computer can put you at risk for money loss, phishing scams or identity theft. Read on for steps you can take to keep yourself safe online.

Avoid fake sites

The easiest way to get scammed online is to visit a fraudulent site. If you’re browsing a site you don’t usually use, ask yourself these questions to make sure it’s safe.

Ten Free And Easy Ways to Limit Your Data Exposure

Help reduce your risk of fraud by limiting your data exposure.

It’s hard to stay on top of the situations cyber thieves use against us sometimes. But there are a few ways you can take matters into your own hands and be on defense. A variety of tasks from managing junk email to monitoring accounts with the IRS can help reduce the risk of fraud. Here are ten free and easy ways to limit your data exposure.

Charitable Scams Pop Up for the Holidays

Protect yourself when responding to holiday donation requests from charities.

The holidays are a time for cheer, a time for giving and a time when we want to help those less fortunate. Cybercriminals are not new to this concept and often take advantage of people’s sense of caring and prey on the giving spirit people have around the holidays.

If you want to donate money to charitable causes, follow a few guidelines to keep your information safe and make sure your donation goes to the right place.

Beware of WannaCry Ransomware

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Recently, an unprecedented virus spread through the internet, creating enormous damage and loss. The WannaCry ransomware, as it is called, attacked 57,000 computers in less than a day. Ransomware works by holding a victim’s data under “ransom.” The virus encrypts the data and holds it hostage unless the victim pays a ransom, and the files are promised to be decrypted for the user.

What You Need to Know About ATM Skimming

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ATM fraud isn’t new, but it is changing and evolving. A thief used to have to wait until a customer made a withdrawal from an ATM before taking the money. Now, with the evolution of technology, the trend is ATM skimming.

According to the FICO Card Alert Service, there was a 546 percent increase in ATM skimming attacks from 2014 to 2015. Learn more about what ATM skimming is and how you can protect yourself.